So I finally got Linux fully working on my laptop, and decided it was a blog-worthy achievement
I'd been planning on doing this over the holidays anyway, but then Windows flipped out on me completely and so the decidion was made doubly easy.
I tried this once before in the summer, and ended up accidentally wiping my hard drive So this time I made sure everything was backed up on an external hard drive (320GB, £50 from dabs, great deal ) then tried a few different Live CDs (Ubuntu, Fedora, PCLinuxOS were my favourites) I eventually decided to install Fedora 8, and after partioning my laptop's hard drive installed Fedora on a 20GB partition, leaving my Windows partition intact and with a little free space, should I decide this was all a big waste of time.
Had some problems getting my wireless working [s]properly[/s], but after a few reboots, several hours browsing the fedora forums and a nice tutorial on www.linuxwireless.org I got there
I can't fully get rid of Windows until Sony decides that non-Windows users are allowed to use their mp3 players too; and probably wouldn't anyway. I will probably wait a couple of weeks and then rezize the partitions so that the Linux one is the bigger one, but my external hard drive has plenty of free room to play with just now.
Christmas was nice too, ate too much, didn't drink enough and have a nice new record player which connects to my laptop, so no nicking my flatmate's one anymore
Update: Finally got around to getting VirtualBox working properly, and I can now run Windows as a virtual machine from within Linux, meaning I can:
A. Use my mp3 player without booting into Windows. B. Get rid of that Windows Partition
good job going with fedora. Really i find ubuntu and xandros alot user friendly and just a bit easyer to use. Also if you want integration between linux and windows you should look into SAMBA.. play around with it.. learn now to use it and you can integrate those files back and forth how you want. Basicaly a custom linux partition in windows.. and seeing your windows partition in windows.
btw nice hard drive.. but mines bigger : brand new 500 GB
Know the problem about Linux?
Besides the stability, the main advantage about Linux is that it's free.
So why people keep using windows? Because Windows is free.
Virtually, it costs money. But who uses an official copy of windows besides business?
If I had to pay for windows, I'd have switched to Linux a long time ago. But as long as I can use a pirate version of windows, and photoshop doesn't have linux support, I'm sticking with shitty ol' windows.
Psh, Linux CAN be amazing, it just requires a bit of time and effort
That and the amount of personalisation potential is astonishing!
I plan on keeping this, my laptop, on Windows, simply because it's easier, but if ever I get a desktop I'm going to make that a Linux beast assuming I've still got the laptop at the time it'll give me infinite time to get it done, and access to any documents I need to help, at any stage :
I've thought this through!
But yes, Linux is, arguably, the way to go, so kudos Frenchy, hope you're getting the most from it
With the exception of dependency hell, Linux is great. I've used both Fedora and Suse Linux and love them. Its doesn't take a genius to set up Linux either, but some determination and brain cells, which for some reason Micro$oft has assumed none of us have any more. Finding drivers can be creative, but not so much a hassle as years past. Congrats on joining the revolution!
Microsoft is STUPID!!! works half the time, crashes all the time and instead of working on 98 or even XP, they come out with some new crap that works even less!!! and let me tell you...i got a samsung blackjack and my dad has a blackjack II...windows mobile is no better!!! neither is Vista!! my friend got vista on a new computer and it was complete crap until his dad overhauled it (and his dad is a computer nerd from intel and he found it chalenging -like i find spelling- so the average not computer whiz couldnt do it) I HATE WINDOWS!!!